Alabama Spring Practice: Predicting A-Day Game and Who Will Start
The time for spring is here and that only means one thing for me...I am one step closer to walking through the gates of Bryant-Denny Stadium. I still have a time to wait until A-Day, which by the way for you fans that do not already know the game is April 18.
Now before the time comes where I get to sit down and scout the players while eating my Dreamland BBQ, I am going to predict the starters and main players in the spring game.
Quarterback: After much review of this position there is not a doubt in my mind that Greg Mcelroy will start at this position. I think this because he has played the most at quarterback and according to Nick Saban, he says, "I feel Greg Mcelroy has the best discipline and attitude". So I know McElroy should take JPW's old spot.
Running Back: Now that Glen Coffee has entered the draft (which I think he did too early) there is no doubt in my mind that Mark Ingram will get the main spot with Trent Richardson backing him up much like Ingram did last year behind Coffee.
Fullback: Just like last year, I think that Baron Huber will start again despite the fact that there are not many plays that he is in on. In his defense he is a pretty good blocker and physical if he touches the ball.
Center: After much research and consideration on this certain position I have decided that the top two candidates are Evan Cardwell and Mike Johnson. If Johnson can prove he can play the position than I believe they will move him over to center, but he has to prove he can play the position first.
Right Guard: After much consideration I have decided, despite the disagreement I have received on this, that David Ross will take the starting position due to the fact that I have seen him work out and he works hard and is a great blocker.
Right Tackle: Nothing much will change in this position because I think, like last year, that Drew Davis will start again. He is physical on the line and is a great blocker.
Left Guard: After watching the Sugar Bowl I believe it would be smart to move sophomore John Michael Boswell over to left guard. He was one of the few that tried there best during that game so I think he should start here.
Left Tackle: If you didn't already know I have already written an article on this subject. If you have not read it go to my profile and find "Who will replace Andre Smith" and read it. I think in this position it is a toss up but as seemingly unlikely as this is, I think James Carpenter and D.J. Fluker will switch at this position.
Tight End:I think there are a few players that will switch at this position like Travis McCall and Nick Walker did, but the main guy in this position should be Brad Smelley because he was able to play pretty well at this position last year.
Wide Receiver No. 1: It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Julio Jones will start at this position due to his dominating performance last year.
Wide Receiver No. 2: I think Alabama will put several wide receivers at the other end of the field such as Mike McCoy, Earl Alexander, Marquis Maize, B.J. Scott, and Chris Jordan.
Strong Outside Linebacker: Like last year I believe Cory Reamer will play at this position. He might not have had the most tackles but he is a physical guy thats not afraid to get in there.
Defensive End No. 1: Now that Bobby Greenwood is gone it isn't hard to figure out that Lorenzo Washington should play at this position because of his experience at the there and because of his great strength.
Nose Guard: Without a doubt Terrence Cody will play at this position and Josh Chapman will get to come in there when Cody is tired. You have to remember that Cody is listed at 370 pounds.
Defensive End No. 2: I don't think that this position will change much and Brandon Deaderick should be playing at this position like last year.
Weakside Linebacker: Recent troubles with the university will not affect Brandon Fanney from playing this position this coming up year.
Middle Linebacker: I don't think it takes a football fan to figure out that Rolando Mcclain will play at this position yet again and should be one of the team's leader in tackles.
Strongside Linebacker: Nothing will change for this freshmen All-American as Dont'a Hightower should step up and play just like last year on defense.
Right Corner: His two interceptions in the 2007 Tennessee game should be enough to make Kareem Jackson a top choice for this position.
Left Corner: The speedy punt returner, who by the way should be playing that postion again, should be playing corner just like last year.
Strong Safety: He has had his good games and bad games but he should start next year and that "he" is Justin Woodall. His performance agasinst Arkansas is a prime reason why he will be starting at strong safety this year.
Free Safety: Ali Sharrief should get the start here due to his experience last year despite being behind Rashad Johnson.
Kicker: I think Leigh Tiffin will start but Corey Smith will get to play also.
Punter: P.J. Fitzgerald, despite the fact that he is not the greatest punte, should be next years starter.
So here you go please comment if you disagree on anything.
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